No, this isn’t Slumdog Millionaire but “SlumGods of Dharavi.” This Guardian News short-documentary takes viewers inside the slums of Mumbai, where kids are using breakdancing as a way out. We follow the journey of 15 year-old Vikram who wants to be a b-boy star.
It’s been awhile since I watched an AMV (anime music video) and it’s been a really long time since I’d listened to Jpop. Before the Kpop domination, I grew up listening to Jpop of every genre and bought crazy expensive import CDs by Jpop acts like Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, Crystal Kay, SPEED, D&D, DaPump, Smap, Exile, Mai Kuraki, M-Flo, Do As Infinity, ZARD, MAX, Heartsdales, Orange Range, Every Little Thing, Bonnie Pink, MOVE … okay you readers get my drift, but I digress. I remember like it was yesterday vacationing in Hong Kong 1999 and I was at a HMV record store, and I picked-up the very first album “First Love” by then 16-year old Utada Hikaru. I was blown away by that album and played that CD the whole summer on my AIWA CD player.
Recently released is this new music video by Studio Khara and directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki featuring Utada Hikaru’s song “Beautiful World.” Neon Genesis Evangelion fans will jump for joy at this new video featuring new clips and footage from the “Rebuild of Evangelion” films. And Trivia Pursuit tidbit, Utada’s song “Beautiful World” was used in the 2007 Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone.
If you ever wonder what type of dance music is trending around the globe? Well this program World DJ Sessions takes you there. A collaboration between UK magazine Mixmag and tequila maker Olmeca will bring 8 mega dance events featuring the top DJ’s locally.
The first episode of World DJ Sessions takes us to Cape Town, South Africa, where the hottest DJ Culoe De Song is mixing it up. House fans you listen to this set!
This episode of Beat x Beat profiles a coming together of two music genres: rock and EDM. Frontman of Coldplay, Chris Martin takes us behind-the-scenes of the making their song “A Sky Full of Stars” from their latest album “Ghost Stories.” Coldplay and Avicii each put their magical touch on the song.
I’ve seen Big Hero 6 twice already at the multiplexes, so yeah, you can say I’m a huge fan of this animation. In Japan, Big Hero 6 will get a December 20, 2014 release date, but Disney Japan’s marketing department instead of a usual trailer cut promoting the flick, it has outdone itself with this simple black & white hand drawn animation to promote the film.
It’s time to break out your 1980’s Sony Walkman cassette player or cassette boombox. Marvel Music/Hollywood Records will be releasing a limited edition cassette tape Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack exclusively through indie retailers on November 28, 2014 through December 31, 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOSfM0iRLaE [Read more…]
Music and streetwear usually go hand-in-hand and this cool collab by Black Scale is with Motown Records. The iconic Hitsville label gets a nice mini-capsule collection. The Black Scale x Motown Records Lookbook 1 just dropped this week at the flagship Black Scale NYC store. Look for the Black Scale x Motown Records Lookbook II this October 2014.
Just like sneakerheads who painstakingly collect kicks, photographer Eilon Paz side hobby is collecting vinyl records. Then he had a idea of globetrotting around the world to find vinyl collectors and to tell their story. Dust & Grooves is a coffee-table book that collects 416-pages of full frame photos, over 130 interviews with record collectors, 12 full interviews, and a foreward by RZA.
If you like listening to Korean pop music, then this is the event – KCON 2014. Kicking off this weekend from August 9-10, 2014 in SoCal at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The 2014 line-up is way better than last year, that’s for sure. Look for top Kpop acts like Girls’ Generation, G-Dragon, IU and BTS to lead the charge. Plus my fave underrated Kpop acts SPICA and VIXX will be there too! Here is DFLA with a preview of KCON 2014.
This coming weekend in San Francisco’s Japantown is the Jpop Summit Festival celebrating all things awesome and fun in Japanese pop music (Jpop). The Jpop Summit will also feature a mix of films, fashion, art, anime and food festivals all rolled into one taking place in Japantown and Union Square in downtown San Francisco. The Jpop line-up includeds Tokyo Girls’ Style, Tomomi Itano, May’n, Kylee and many more.
Celebrate food and music in this happy and trippy music video. By the musician/teacher DJ Overeasy. He records the sights and sounds of San Francisco’s Mission District and mixes it up to give us “Mission Foodiez”.
Pop singer Avril Lavigne gets in on the Hello Kitty celebration with this annoying dub-step-pop-dance-electro-bad rapping-kawaii-bass pounding, make your ears bleed pop-track. Is this a “Love It” or “Hate It?” Vote or just hit the like or dislike button.
Hip-hop rapper Snoop Dogg is now immortalized as a Dunny 7″ collectible figure. This Kidrobot collaboration features removable sunglasses and blunt. The figure is on sale starting today online everywhere or at retail locations.
The documentary is “Europe In 8 Bits” takes a look at “chip” music and how it’s growing in Europe. Many musicians are looking back to old school videogame hardware like NES, Amiga, Commodore 64, Sega Master System, etc and using them to create new sounds. What catches the eye is the animated 8-bit opening to the documentary. Here’s a look:
One of the great yearly weekend music festivals these past few years takes place in Belgium – the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Festival known as Tomorrowland. Now dance fans and comic book aficionados come together in this genre mixing story Tomorrowland from writer Paul Jenkins (Wolverine: Orgin). Originally printed as a 4-issue mini-series this past summer 2013 by Titan Comics, now we get the whole saga in one volume in this hardbound trade – Tomorrowland. It’s like Glastonbury getting its own graphic novel! Tomorrowland follows DJs Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike on their DJ gigs as they battle evil from other dimensions on this cosmic/portal opening/spiritual/metaphysical journey to save Earth! It’s kind of like the anime The Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Macross Frontier (or Macross Plus, or just whatever Macross incarnation/reboot you prefer) as the heroine uses her singing prowess to stop war and save the universe.
Tracklist 1 – Epic Stadium-Masher: 1. Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What If Feels Like [Audien Remix], 2. Zedd feat. Hayley Williams – Stay The Night [Extended Mix], 3. Adventure Club – Do I See Color [Dubstep Mix], 4. NERVO – You’re Gonna Love Again [Extended Version], 5. Coldplay – Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall [Swedish House Mafia Remix], 6. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing [Extended Mix], 7. ATB feat. Ramona Nerra – Never Give Up [Club Mix], 8. Filo & Peri feat. Eric Lumiere – The Anthem [John O’Callaghan Remix, 9. David Guetta feat. Usher – Without You, 10. Armin van Buuren & DJ Shah feat. Chris Jones – Going Wrong, 11. Alice Deejay – The Lonely One [Hit Radio Mix], 12. Ian Van Dahl – Will I [UK Radio Edit], 13. Benny Benassi feat. Kelis, apl.de.ap & Jean-Baptiste – Spaceship, 14. Kaskade feat. Rebecca & Fiona – Turn It Down, 15. Avicii – Levels [Extended Version] and 16. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child [Extended Version].
I RIDE has just been released on amazon.com and you can find it at your local participating WalMart, but what I’d like to tell you here is my personal take behind the making of the film.
I’ve had the opportunity to take part in the making of Daron Ker’s “I Ride” and I would like to tell you my experience from the past to the present. There were moments that I had to endure and moments that I enjoyed behind the making of the film, because the physical path, the communications involved and the decisions made during filmmaking is what ends up shaping the story.
Initially I was introduced to Daron Ker and Marcus Bruno through Stephen Jang. We all had nine to five jobs and Daron was the only one at the time with funds to begin making a film about a biker band that played to America’s motorcycle culture movement. The inception to make I RIDE began by meeting the Fryed Brothers Band back in 2005.
Another solid R&B/Pop jam from the Brave Brothers production outfit. Shin Ji Hoon (신지훈) sings Hurtful(아프고 아프다) a melancholy mid-tempo track.